Activist in jail for nearly two months without charges

Iranian activist Mahdieh Golroo has been under temporary arrest since October 21 and has not been charged with any formal offence, her family and lawyer report10___images_m._golrou.jpg


Golroo, a prominent women’s rights activist, was arrested in 2009 and released after 30 months in jail. She was arrested again about two months ago after she took part in a protest in front of Parliament calling for action against acid-throwing attacks on women.

Golroo’s home was reportedly raided by security forces following her arrest and many personal belongings such as her laptop and cell phone were confiscated.

Since her arrest, Golroo has been reportedly held in solitary confinement in the IRGC ward of Evin Prison.

Her family and lawyer are unaware of the charges against her, even though two months have elapsed since her arrest.

Golroo was expelled from university for her political activities. A member of the campaign team for Mehdi Karroubi’s 2009 run for president, she was arrested that December and sentenced to two and a half years in jail for the charge of “propaganda against the regime and assembly and collusion with intent to disturb national security.”